Supercharged V8 vs plug in-hybrid. Which is fastest?
COMFORTABLE, luxurious, capable and oozing presence, the Range Rover and BMW 7 Series have plenty in common.
It just depends how you prefer your four-wheeled palace. High riding 4WD SUV or limousine-esque large sedan? Should you have $200,000-odd burning a hole, both Rangie and BMW have some new offerings set to land in coming months featuring performance and technology on a staggering scale.
Starting with the Range Rover, the 2017 model year SUVs go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 priced from $183,300 before on-roads. But the headline is a new SVAutobiography Dynamic model for a chunky $316,000 plus on-roads.
This 405kW V8 supercharged variant features the same engine as found in the hot Range Rover Sport SVR, and comes with specially configured suspension said to optimise agility without compromising the model's renowned refinement and comfort. In other words, this near-2.5-tonner should defy physics and handle the corners with aplomb.
Its blown 5.0-litre V8 delivers 680Nm of torque, helping the standard wheelbase-only (no LWB) SVAutobiography Dynamic to 100kmh in 5.4 seconds. But owners clearly need some pampering to match the performance. The model adds diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitching, perforated leather headliner and anodized red paddle shifters.
The exterior isn't overdone thankfully but does feature unique side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, bumper accents, a choice of 21 or 22-inch wheels and red Brembo brake calipers.
Underneath, suspension revisions lower the car 8mm over standard while Dynamic Response and Adaptive Dynamics features are designed to improve body roll and agility.
This flagship model joins other MY2017 Rangies in featuring new technologies such as Advanced Towing Assist. This uses a surround camera system to automatically steer the vehicle and guide a trailer into position (a job no-one really enjoys). There's a new larger 10-inch dual-view touchscreen, you can pre-warm or cool the car via a mobile app before getting in, while a host of standard driver assistance technologies are included.
BMW's limo goes electric
If you prefer a more traditional sedan, but with a somewhat more modern way of hitting 100kmh in 5.4-seconds than a supercharged V8, look no further than BMW's 740e iPerformance. This will be BMW's third iPerformance model for Australia following the X5 xDrive40e SUV and 330e Sedan plug-in hybrids' arrival this year.
The 740e lands here in late 2016 priced from $229,000 before on-roads and features a hybrid drivetrain generating 240kW and 400Nm with an average fuel consumption of a quoted 2.2L/100km. Yep, a bit better than that big Rangie.
It features a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder combined with a synchronous electric motor, the latter powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery stored beneath the rear seat. Boot space is down to 420-litres: 95-litres less that your non-hybrid Sevens.
The 740e outdoes its iPerformance siblings on the all-electric range front by promising it can travel up to 48 kilometres solely on battery power thank to latest battery technology, and the combustion engine need not kick in until over 140kmh. It takes five hours to fully charge the 740e iPerformance using your ordinary domestic socket, but if you fork out for a BMW iWallbox the full charge time is cut in half.
Specification wise you score the same equipment as found in BMW's 740i, a car costing $4800 less than the plug-in hybrid version. Small change in this lofty price range, and no doubt a premium worth paying by the CEO eager to embrace a greener future.